Teachers & Staff


All Primary and Elementary classroom lead teachers are either AMI or AMS Montessori certified. Your child’s teacher is trained to observe the individual interests and needs of each child, demonstrate the correct use of classroom materials, assess each child’s progress and needs, and guide each child to appropriate activities. Each classroom has one or more assistants who support the teacher and students.  All share the love of children and desire to assist young people as they grow toward their potential.

  • Brian Gordon

    Executive Director

    Brian Gordon

    Brian Gordon was appointed as Executive Director in March 2014. Brian brings over 15 years of leadership, management, and business experience to GMA. Originally from the Springfield, Missouri area, Brian graduated high school and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY where he graduated with a BS in Computer Science/Engineering. From there Brian served as an Intelligence Officer in the US Army for nearly seven years. After serving in the military, Brian worked for WalMart corporate for six years in various management positions including: Real Estate, Information Systems, and Finance. In April 2011, Brian left WalMart to start Conveniently Natural, a health focused meal delivery service, in Kansas City with his wife, Kim. Before becoming Executive Director, Brian was an active volunteer in the school serving on the GMA Board of Directors and the GMA Parent Council. Brian is very excited and humbled to collaborate with parents, staff, and children as we expand on the unique heritage that is GMA. In addition to his wife, Kim, Brian has two daughters, Isabelle and Adrienne, both of whom attend GMA.

  • Erin Purdon

    Program Director

    Erin Purdon

    Erin brings to GMA more than four years of experience at Raintree Montessori School in Lawrence, Kansas, public school substitute teaching, and early childhood care. Erin received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Pittsburg State University and also holds a Child Development Associate Credential. Erin worked as a social worker for five years in Wichita and Kansas City advocating for children with developmental disabilities and senior citizens. Prior to being appointed to the position of Program Director, Erin was a member of the GMA Board. Erin is very excited to contribute her love of children, her passion for Montessori education, and her understanding of the Montessori classroom to help GMA grow. Erin joined GMA in 2014.

  • Brandy Parr

    Lower Elementary Lead Teacher

    Brandy Parr

    Brandy is the Lower Elementary teacher for ages 6–9. She holds a Montessori Elementary Diploma from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She also holds K–6 elementary teaching credentials in both Missouri and Kansas and an Early Childhood Credential in Missouri. She has a B.A. from Kansas State University and received her traditional elementary teacher training at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. Brandy has been teaching for 12 years and has been at Global Montessori Academy since 2008.

  • Libby McFarland

    Upper Elementary Teacher

    Libby McFarland

    Libby is the upper elementary teacher. Libby is currently attending Montessori Northwest Institute to obtain an AMI Elementary teaching credential. Upon completion of her training and student teaching, Libby is GMA’s first upper elementary class teacher  beginning in August 2016. Libby graduated from University of Missouri-Kansas City with a BA in French in 2006. She completed the Montessori Foundations and Philosophy course through MEPI in the fall of 2007. Libby joined GMA in 2010.

  • Tammy Brand

    Children's House 1 Lead Teacher

    Tammy Brand

    Tammy received her Montessori certification through the American Montessori Society (AMS). Before she followed her dream of teaching, she worked as a broker in the health insurance industry for the over 30 yrs. Tammy has over five years of Montessori teaching experience and has been with GMA since 2010.

  • Shawna Chambers

    Children’s House 1 Assistant Teacher

    Shawna Chambers

    Shawna has a bachelors degree from the University of Central Missouri in Education. Prior to working at GMA, she worked at several childhood facilities and preschools. Shawna has a background in Early Childhood and Special Education. She has been with GMA since 2006.

  • Andrea Allen

    Children's House 2 Lead Teacher

    Andrea Allen

    Andrea received her American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood certification from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Education with a Montessori emphasis from Saint Catherine University. Andrea comes to Global Montessori Academy from Raintree Montessori School in Lawrence, where she worked for over six years and was a primary lead teacher for three years. Andrea joined GMA in 2014.

  • Diane Deachan

    Children's House 2 Assistant Teacher

    Diane Deachan

    Diane joined GMA in August with extensive educational experience. She worked for seven years as a special education teacher after earning her bachelor’s degree in special education in 2005 from Fontbonne University. Prior to that, she was a special education para-educator for ten years.

  • Cheryl Seidel

    Children's House 3 Assistant Teacher

    Cheryl Seidel

    She comes to GMA with 15 Montessori and educational experience. In addition to working four years at Clay-Platte Montessori School, she also attended Montessori Teacher Preparation of Kansas City; accredited under MEPI. Cheryl is also a trained nurse and has spent many years working in multisensory education (reading, dyslexia, learning disabilities, etc.).

  • Kaitlyn Kern

    Children's House 4 Lead Teacher

    Kaitlyn Kern

    Kaitlyn is the lead teacher in Children’s House 4. Kaitlyn comes to us from Our Lady’s Montessori School in Kansas City, Kansas. She has a bachelors degree in Montessori Education from Xavier University and AMS credential. Kaitlyn joined GMA in 2015.

  • Laura Moe

    Floating Assistant Teacher

    Laura Moe

    Laura works at GMA as the part-time assistant teacher in Children’s House 4 and assists in the Toddler Community. Laura comes to GMA with over four years experience working with children including teaching at Children’s Village Montessori. Laura has an Associates of Arts degree and plans to attend UMKC to pursue a degree in psychology. Laura began at GMA in October of 2014. In summer 2016, Laura will begin AMI Assistants to Infancy training in Denver, Colorado.

  • Jayme Harris

    Toddler Community Assistant Teacher

    Jayme Harris

    Jayme has a background in Early Childhood Education. Before joining GMA, Jayme worked as a toddler teacher at Lawrence Montessori School in Lawrence, Kansas. Jayme joined GMA in 2014.

  • Veronica Andrade

    Floating Assistant Teacher

    Veronica Andrade

    Veronica is a floating assistant teacher.  She previously worked with children in two different Head Start programs. Veronica has a Child Development Associate credential, which she obtained from Kansas City Community College. Veronica joined GMA in 2014.

  • Tommy Capps

    Floating Assistant Teacher

    Tommy Capps

    Tommy is a floating assistant teacher at GMA. He has a bachelors degree in philosophy from the University of Central Missouri and is an accomplished guitarist. Tommy has been with GMA since 2013.